Hosts Free Fall Film Festival
This fall, NLM is presenting "Strong Medicine," a festival of
films that parse the cultural, social and existential meanings
of disease and symptoms, scientific medicine, the medical marketplace,
treatment and cure, healing and health professionalism, living
The series will take place Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Lister Hill
Center Auditorium, first floor of Bldg. 38A. The series began Sept.
22 and runs through Nov. 17 (except Oct. 13 and Nov. 3). Admission
is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served in the
lobby each evening.
Each evening will feature introductory remarks by historians,
film critics or NIH scientists; one or more rare short historical
medical films from the NLM collection; the feature presentation;
and a discussion period.
Remaining films include:
Sept. 29, The Elephant Man (1980)
Oct. 6, Safe (1995)
Oct. 20, And the Band Played On (1993)
Oct. 27, Pre-Halloween Creature Feature: Island of Lost Souls (1933)
Nov. 10, Broadcast Medicine: Selected episodes of Ben Casey (1961), M*A*S*H (1972) & ER (1994)
Nov. 17, Treasures of the NLM Film Collection: Short Historical
Medical Films, 1920-1970.
For more information, visit www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/happening/seminars/filmseries.html.
'Medicine for the Public' Lectures
Bird flu, the relationship between oral bacteria and heart disease,
the challenges of aging — learn more about these topics at
the 29th annual Medicine for the Public lecture series, sponsored
by the Clinical Center. Physician-scientists working to translate
science into medicine will discuss these topics this fall. The
lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be presented
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.
Oct. 18, "Avian Influenza: Preparing for the Pandemic," Dr. David
Henderson, CC deputy director for clinical care. Avian influenza,
or bird flu, is a major concern to public health authorities and
is a threat to public health. This lecture will cover what it is,
how it spreads and where we can look for possible treatment and
Oct. 25, "Open Wide: Molecular Medicine Enters the Mouth," Dr.
Lawrence A. Tabak, director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial
Research. Studies suggest an association between oral bacteria
and preterm or low birth-weight babies, heart disease and high
blood sugar in people with diabetes. This lecture will cover oral
health and the connection between oral bacteria and systemic disease.
Tabak will discuss the latest research in molecular medicine and
the use of salivary diagnostics as tools for health surveillance.
Nov. 1, "Growing Older: Challenges and Opportunities in Aging," Dr.
Richard J. Hodes, director, National Institute on Aging. The trend
toward increased life expectancy over the last century has been
remarkable, resulting in an "age boom" of profound implications
for individuals, families and society. This lecture will cover
insights from research on the factors affecting health and well
being as we grow older.
For more information call (301) 496-2563.
2005 Flu Vaccine Information for NIH'ers
Although last year's influenza vaccine program was complicated
by a vaccine shortage, NIH did receive vaccine and was able to
offer it initially to priority groups and later to all who were
interested. This year, NIH plans to offer the regular vaccine campaign
The influenza vaccine for the 2005-2006 season contains the following
strains recommended by the FDA's vaccines and related biological
products advisory committee: A/New Caledonia/20/99-like (H1N1),
B/Shanghai/361/2002-like, and A/California/7/2004 (H3N2-like).
Look for the upcoming schedule of dates and locations in the NIH
Record and the web sites at http://dohs.ors.od.nih.gov/ or http://www.foiltheflu.nih.gov.
If you have questions about the influenza vaccine, call the Clinical
Center Hospital Epidemiology Service, (301) 496-2209.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake
day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr.
Martin Heisenberg on Sept. 28, speaking on "Mapping Memory Traces
in the Fly Brain." He is professor, Theodore Boveri Institute for
Biosciences and chair, genetics and neurobiology, University of
On Oct. 5, Dr. Margarita Alegria will address, "Matching Services
to Needs: The Importance of Health Services Research for Reducing
Disparities." She is professor, department of psychiatry, Harvard
Medical School, and director, Center for Multicultural Mental Health
Research, Cambridge Hospital.
For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda
Madine, (301) 594-5595.
New Recipients To Be Announced
Pioneer Award Winners to Lecture At Inaugural Symposium
The first NIH Director's Pioneer Award Symposium will feature
the 2004 awardees discussing their research on Thursday, Sept.
29 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. In addition, NIH director Dr.
Elias Zerhouni will announce the 2005 recipients.
"Each Pioneer awardee is forging new ground in an important scientific
field," said Zerhouni. "Our goal was to support scientists of exceptional
creativity with pioneering concepts. It is obvious just from their
first year of work that these scientists are making good on their
promise to pursue far-ranging ideas that merit exploration."
Zerhouni will open the symposium at 8:15 a.m. A highlight of the
day will be the 2 p.m. roundtable talk among the 2004 award recipients.
The event will end with an informal reception at 3 p.m. The symposium
agenda is at http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/pioneer/symposium2005.
Attendance is free and there is no need to register.
Principles of Clinical Research Class
Registration for the 2005-2006 "Introduction to the Principles
and Practice of Clinical Research" began on Aug. 1. The course
will run from Oct. 17 through Feb. 21, 2006. The deadline for registering
is Oct. 5. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday
evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but
purchase of a textbook is required. A certificate will be awarded
upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.cc.nih.gov/researchers/training/ippcr.shtml or
call (301) 496-9425.
FAES Seeks Executive Director
The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES),
a non-profit organization that supports intramural research programs
at NIH, is recruiting for an executive director. A full description
of the organization and the position's responsibilities, scope
and compensation can be found on the FAES web site, www.FAES.org.
If interested and qualified, mail letter of interest, resume and
four references to: The Selection Committee, FAES, 1 Cloister Court,
Suite 230, Bethesda, MD 20814. No phone calls. Principals only.
Applications accepted until the position is filled.
Duncan To Give Nanotechnology Series